Harvest Moon: Magical Melody
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (牧場物語 しあわせの詩 for ワールド, Bokujō Monogatari: Shiawase no Uta for Wārudo, lit. Ranch Story: Song of Happiness for World) was the third Harvest Moon game to be released for GameCube, but it was released in the PAL regions as a Wii game after the GameCube version was cancelled for unknown reason. This is the second game next to Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland to be cancelled in PAL regions.
It is mostly an improved version of Bokujō Monogatari: Shiawase no Uta which contained numerous glitches. Jamie, was added as a marriage candidate for both male and female players. This title features many new characters, many of these characters having been based on characters throughout the series. It’s also the first game in the series to have a multiplayer feature.
In Magical Melody, the player arrives in town after reading an advertisement that they saw in the newspaper. The player will then meet Theodore, the town’s mayor, in Town Square. The player will be prompted to pick a name for their character, as well as the farm. The player will also get to choose where the character’s starting home will be from among three different locations.
Once a home has been chosen, the player will settle into their new home. Upon sleeping, the character will have a dream of somewhat a reality which is a flash-back or vision of what happened years ago. The player is awoken the next day to the presence of the Harvest Sprites, who are surprised that the player can see them. The sprites were also shown in the dream the character had, leading to surprise and shock. The sprites will ask the player to help them, and the player will then be enlisted by the sprites to awaken the Harvest Goddess, along with the rival farmer Jamie, who has turned herself to stone out of melancholy at the townspeople’s disregard.
The player’s goal is to collect musical notes so that the Harvest Goddess can be resurrected. While the sprites say that 100 notes are needed to free the Goddess, only 50 notes are required to awaken her. Once the Goddess is awakened, it is still possible to get all 100 notes and complete the game.
The Wii version of Magical Melody differs from the GameCube version of the game. Although the story is identical and features the same villagers, the Wii version’s major difference is that it does not allow the player to choose between a male or female protagonist. The GameCube version allows both genders to be the main hero/heroine, but the Wii version allows only a male character.
Controls also differ between the two versions. The Wii version features motion control for activities such as mining and fishing, whereas on the GameCube the controls are simplified, only needing the player to press buttons to perform tasks.
- Own various plots of land to customize.
- Grow crops.
- Raise a variety of different animals.
- Collect musical notes to free the Goddess.
The player can marry any of the 11 bachelor and bachelorette characters provided for each gender.
Mystical melody seeds
The Ushi No Tane website was started by Cherubae in 2000 to help players with questions regarding their Harvest Moon games. Originally a site covering just Harvest Moon 2 for Gameboy Color, it has expanded to cover over 25 versions of the Harvest Moon game series as well as the Story of Seasons game series.
Harvest Moon is a farming simulation game with an underlining storyline that add depth to break up the daily monotony of watering crops. In the games, players have the option of getting married, raising livestock and poultry animals, catching fish, and attending festivals to impress the local villagers.
Harvest Moon (Bokujou Monogatari) was first published in Japan in 1996 by Pack In Video; the company, after several mergers, is currently known as Marvelous!. In North America, the game was localized by Natsume, Inc. and first published in 1998. Natsume handled the English localization up until Harvest Moon: A New Beginning. In 2014, Marvelous annnounced that it will be using its own localization company, XSeed Games, to translate Bokujou Monogatari into English and will also be using its own title, Story of Seasons. Natsume still owns the Harvest Moon trademark, and will continue to develop the series independently of Marvelous.
In the PAL region, localization has been handled by Rising Star Games, Marvelous!, and Nintendo of Europe.
The Ushi No Tane website is also the only English help site that covers the Legend of the River King game series (Kawa no Nushi Tsuri), which predates Harvest Moon in Japan by six years. The first River King game was released for the Super Famicom video game console in 1990. The RK guides on this site are for the Gameboy, Gameboy Advanced, Playstation 2, and Nintendo DS entries in the series. River King is basically a dead series with no expectation of future game releases.
Mystical melody seeds
‘Mystic Melody’ (Mrs. W. R. Stevens, R. 1949) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y6D. (‘Fair Elaine’ x ‘Lagos’) x (‘Gudrun’ x seedling). Schreiner 1951. Honorable Mention 1952.
|From AIS Bulletin #121, April 1951. Introducing Mystic Melody-(Stevcns 1951) MLa. 39 in. This sister seedling of Summit, though less striking is not less glamorous. The enamelled, sun-drenched falls are butter yellow, the luminous, silken standards are a moonlit, shimmering cream. Tall with low branching. $15.00. Schreiner.|
|From Marble Iris Gardens catalog, 1957: MYSTIC MELODY (Stevens 1951). ML. 39 in. A glamorous Iris with enameled-like butter-yellow falls and shimmering silken cream standards. The sun drenched falls and the luminous, shimmering cream of the silken, moonlit standards produce a lovely color harmony, which together with splendid form and growing habits make this an Iris that is to be desired. Each $ 2.00; 3 for $5.00.|
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
|FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION|
|Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)|
|Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade|
|Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.|
|PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions|
|Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.|
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